WELCOME to MICHIGAN
I hope you have a great time visiting us at Genealogy "Michigan" Trails.
My name is Christine Walters
and I'll be your Host. Lets all explore the places and areas of Michigan that our ancestors chose to settle in.
This should prove to be an exciting journey, it will be fun, and along the way we will all get a better understanding
of Michigan. It will be a step back in time as we get to know the people that created Michigan and formed it into the
beautiful State it now is.
I want to encourage anyone who has "Michigan" ties & connections to get in touch with me.
We want to hear your stories and take advantage of your personal history of this wonderful State.
I need your contributions and I especially need the old history, the information that you can find
about all the pioneer families, and naturally - some of the Indian History that is so important to this State.
I'm also looking for Obituaries, Biographies and County History.. just about everything is helpful.
I REGRET THAT I AM UNABLE TO DO PERSONAL RESEARCH FOR YOU.
I don't live in Michigan, I don't have the resources and mostly --
I just don't have the time.
Some Michigan Information
The State of Michigan was admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837.
The name "Michigan" is derived from a Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" meaning "great water" and refers to the Great Lakes which hug the shores of the State. Michigan is said to have been first discovered around 1610 and inhabited by the Indians. In the mid 1700's it was claimed by the French - but was ceded to the British until the Revolution when it became part of the United States but we didn't take full possession of it until 1796 and shortly thereafter it became part of the Northwest Territory. Then from 1800 to 1805 it was connected with the Ohio and the Indian Territories. The first American settlers began settling in Michigan about 1796, coming from England but it was not until about 1818 that an appreciable amount of settlers was noticed. 1818 was the first public land sales and the work on the erie Canal attracted many. The completion of the Canal in 1825 added stimula to the immigrants. Its about this time that many came to work on the road construction heading toward Chicago. By 1840 the immigration increased to such an extent that about half of the southern peninsula was cultivated. From 1840 - 1890 there were tens of thousand of workers who came to work in the lumber and mining camps.
IMPORTANT MICHIGAN INFORMATON
The History of Michigan 1882
From "The History of Macomb County"
Chicago -- M.A. Leeson & Co. 1882
An Account Of Its Settlement, Growth, Development
And Resources; An Extensive And Minute Sketch Of Its Cities, Towns And Villages -- Their Improvements, Industries, Manufactories, Churches, Schools And Societies; Its War Record, Piographical Sketches, Portraits Of Prominent Men and Early Settlers; The Whole Preceded By A History of Michigan, Statistics Of The State, And An Abstract Of Its Laws and Constitution And Of The Constitution Of The United States
CHAPTER 1 & 2
HISTORY of the UPPER PENINSULA of MICHIGAN
A FULL ACCOUNT OF ITS EARLY SETTLEMENT; ITS GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT
AND RESOURCES; AN EXTENDED DESCRIPTION OF ITS
IRON AND COPPER MINES.
Transcribed by Debi Hanes
ALSO - ACCURATE SKETCHES Of its
Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages,
THEIR IMPROVEMENTS, INDUSTRIES, MANUFACTORIES;
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT MEN
AND EARLY SETTLERS; VIEWS OF COUNTY SEATS, ETC.
The Western Historical Company.
A. T. Andreas, Proprietor. 1883.
MICHIGAN HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS
By Michigan Historical Commission
Michigan State Historical Society
Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society
First Social Reunion 24 June 1874